Pen Box and Glass Case

Fathallah Shirazi Iranian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

This penbox, by one of the great lacquer painters of the second half of the nineteenth century, is decorated in the artist's signature gul-u-bul-bul (rose and nightingale) style in a palette of beige, gold and black. It contains a small spectacle case with the same decorative motif that fits into the sliding compartment. The inscription, which appears at the top and bottom edges of the lid, tells us that it was made for the Qajar prince, Kamran Mirza, who was the third son of the ruler, Nasir al-Din Shah (r.1848–96).

Pen Box and Glass Case, Fathallah Shirazi (Iranian, active 1850s–80s), Lacquer

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